CONTRACTOR TO CONTRACTOR
By Tim O’Toole
The Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) recently sat down with Brian Grant, President of Grant Contracting Co., Inc., to discuss the history of Grant Contracting Co., Inc., challenges he’s faced, and the future of the masonry industry.
MCAA: Tell us about the history of your company.
Brian Grant: Harry Grant started our company in 1946 in the residential market. His son Don took over in the 1960’s and took it to the commercial sector. Don specialized in educational, industrial, and commercial masonry construction. Don’s son Brian joined the company in 1988, with sons Brad and Bill joining in 2008. The three sons have expanded on the commercial side both in size and geographical area. Most recently Grant Masonry Contracting completed the 8-story brick and stone Spring Hall at St. Louis University.
MCAA: What do you think has been the key to your company’s success?
Grant: Close jobsite supervision and the technical ability of the project managers and administrative staff has led to our success. Don and Brian are Professional Engineers, and Brad and Bill have computer management and accounting degrees. Grant Masonry Contracting is able to help designers, Owners and General Contractors with their design, budgeting and planning needs. We select and work for General Contractors that are interested in helping our company make a profit.
MCAA: What advice would you offer a budding mason contractor?
Grant: Pay close attention to your projects. It is tough to make a profit due to jobsite conditions and challenges. The contracts we sign have become more and more complex, with the project risk shoved down to mason contractor. Don’t be concerned over hurting anyone’s feelings when it comes down to fighting for your rights when reviewing contract provisions. Select general contractors to work with that are concerned about you making a profit, pay you on time, and run a good jobsite.
MCAA: What do you feel is the masonry industry’s biggest challenge in the future?
Grant: The biggest challenge to masonry industry is competing materials. Masonry is an option on buildings, unlike electrical and HVAC needs. Every day we should be marketing ourselves through the communication of the benefits of masonry.
MCAA: What is your favorite aspect of being a member of the MCAA?
Grant: My favorite aspect is the alliance the members have with the common goal of success in the masonry industry. We are all a passionate group that can solve masonry challenges through our dedication to the industry.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tim O’Toole is the Director of Marketing, Education, and Information Technology for the MCAA. He has a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University and has worked in the masonry industry since 2003.